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West Ham star Thilo Kehrer in the running to become captain of his country for Nations League games

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West Ham star Thilo Kehrer in the running to become captain of his country for Nations League games

West Ham United star Thilo Kehrer is in the running to become captain of his country for their Nations League games.

Most West Ham fans knew very little about Kehrer when the club moved to sign the defender from PSG.

Kehrer was into the final year of his contract at PSG which meant West Ham were able to get the German star for just £10m.

That is already looking like one of the bargains of the summer, not just for West Ham, but across the Premier League.

Kehrer’s speed, passing, enthusiasm, desire and positional play has seriously impressed West Ham fans so far.

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The 26-year-old has already put in a couple of man of the match performances having been thrown straight into the action 24 hours after signing for the Hammers.

It is not just on the pitch where Kehrer is already having an influence, though. His manager David Moyes has been absolutely amazed by what natural leader Kehrer has done behind the scenes at West Ham.

Kehrer has quickly established himself as a key player for West Ham, just as he is for Germany.

The Hammer is a firm favourite of Germany boss Hansi Flick who has used Kehrer more than any other player since taking over from Joachim Low.

He is in the latest German squad for the Nations League games against Hungary and England, where he could come up against West Ham captain Declan Rice and fellow Hammers teammate Jarrod Bowen.

And Kehrer could well be wearing the armband himself.

Because West Ham star Kehrer is in the running to become captain of his country for the Nations League games.

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As reported by Hammers News earlier this week, Covid has ruled Germany captain Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka out of their camp.

That has raised questions over who will take on the captaincy in Neuer’s absence.

And talk across a host of football shows and platforms in Germany is that West Ham’s new man is in the conversation alongside the experienced Thomas Muller.

That speaks volumes about Kehrer and would make sense given he is the player who has played the most minutes under Flick.

There has been talk that Rice could be in the running to captain England if Harry Kane is not available for any reason or is rested.

Wouldn’t that be a proud and significant moment for West Ham if Kehrer and Rice captained their countries against one another in what is one of world football’s biggest rivalries.

England welcome Kehrer and his Germany side to Wembley on Monday night in the final group game of the Nations League.

If Kehrer does get the honour of filling in for Neuer as skipper, it will prove one German football expert right who predicted the defender’s move to West Ham would make him a more prominent figure back in his homeland.

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